Flaherty, a "man of singular distinction" (as the New York State Senate noted recently in a legislative resolution), is a son of Queens and a graduate of Archbishop Molloy High School who has been a part of fire brigades from the South Bronx to Brooklyn. His high school buddy, Paul Rogers of the FDNY Special Operation Command Unit, called him "a real leader who loves what he does and succeeds at getting people together – always calm and collected, as unshakeable as a rock."
As older ranks of smoke-eaters retire, Flaherty is carrying forth the values and traditions of so many generations of New York City firefighters before him.
"He's just that type, always looking to take others into consideration, especially after 9/11 when we lost so many guys – our brothers – as he's taken on the responsibilities and leadership role that was left by those lost," said Sandas.
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